Browsing the 2019 archive of Pastor's Reflections

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 24, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/19/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we are celebrating the feast of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. Next week we will celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent. On this feast today, we celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ is the king of ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 17, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/16/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Church calendar.  Next Sunday is the feast of Jesus, the King of the world, and the Sunday after that is the 1st Sunday of Advent.  It is amazing how time flies.  I have ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 10, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/16/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen 

One of the questions that I am in the habit of asking our young ones is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Now it depends on how old the person is when I ask this question and the response ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 3, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/16/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen 

The story in today’s gospel about Zacchaeus has always been one of my favorite stories in the bible.  I think it has been one of my favorites because it shows how Jesus really does reach out to the sinner, hoping that person turns ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 27, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/28/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen…

Recently I was talking to a young adult about going to Sunday mass.  I asked them whether they attended Sunday mass regularly.  She said no, but that she did not think she was going to hell for it.  I thought about that response ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 20, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/22/19

For the desk of Fr Stephen…

This past June, the St. Louis Blues finally won the Stanley Cup!  It had been 52 years of trying.  The city, and especially its hockey fans, rejoiced.  It was a long time coming.  This particular team of players had a mantra of “Whatever ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 13, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/14/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In today’s 1st reading and the gospel we hear of people who are afflicted with the disease of leprosy.  This disease was the worst thing that could happen to a person in ancient Israel.  If you had the disease you were completely cut ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 6, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/14/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen 

When I was 19 years old my cousin and I had a painting business together.  He was 3 years older than me so he was more of the boss of the business.  We painted houses during the summer while we were home on ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Sept 29, 2019

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/14/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today’s gospel reading is one of the most famous and thought-provoking gospels in all of scripture.  It is the story of Lazarus and the rich man.  Lazarus is a poor beggar sitting at the side of the house of the rich man.  They ... Read More »

Violence

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/14/19

From the desk of Fr Stephen

On Friday, August 9, I watched the NBC evening news, and at the end of the program they had a 5-minute segment on the mass shootings that have occurred all too often here in our country.  In the past year and a half ... Read More »